Boy name origins & meanings
- Old English : From the friend's hill
Family name origins & meanings
- English : from Old English wencel ‘child’, perhaps used to distinguish a son from his father with the same forename or perhaps a nickname for a person with a baby face or childlike manner.
- Scottish : habitational name for someone from the lands of Windshiel (formerly Winscheill) in Berwickshire.
- Robert Winchell came from England to Windsor, CT, in 1635. In the case of the broadcaster Walter Winchell (1897–1972) the surname is an Anglicized form of Jewish <xref>Winschel</xref>.